Draw me a Story:
A Century of Children’s Book Illustration
September 9-December 30, 2013
Exhibition Opening: Monday, September 9, 5-7 pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Mon. 10-7; Tues-Fri, 10-5
Free & Open to the Public
Check out some photos of the exhibition here.
An excellent children’s picture book still has the power to magically whisk young minds off to another time and place—even in today’s whirling digital world. The Book Club of California is pleased to present Draw me a Story, September 9-December 30, 2013. Originating from San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, this exhibition of twenty-three original drawings and paintings and a baker’s dozen of classic books explores one hundred years of timeless nursery rhymes, fairy stories, bold adventures, amazing animal tales, and imaginative ABCs.
The nostalgic journey starts with Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway—two of the more popular illustrators of the nineteenth century, both of whom have children’s literary awards named after them. Moving into the twentieth century, work by author/illustrators from Johnny Gruelle, W.W. Denslow, and Harrison Cady to Edward Ardizzone, Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, and Patrick McDonnell demonstrates the boundless vision that made these artists enduring favorites.
Draw me a Story also takes the viewer through the creative process of illustration and its evolution through preliminary working sketches by William Steig, Don Freeman, and Edward Gorey. Set in The Book Club of California’s cozy and elegant gallery, this richly colorful collection is ideal for all who wish to recharge their imagination.
The exhibition originated at The Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, and has been curated for the Book Club by collector Malcolm Whyte.
Over the past forty years Malcolm Whyte has produced nearly two hundred books, of which he has authored forty-five. They include critically acclaimed educational activity books for children, pioneering cookbooks (Complete Yogurt Cookbook and The Original Diet: Raw Vegetarian Recipes), and illustrated art books (The Scrimshander, Great Comic Cats, The Underground Comix Family Album, and Goreyography, the bibliography of the works of Edward Gorey).
In 1984, he founded San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, for which he has written and produced exhibition catalogs on the art of Walt Kelly, Walt Disney, Charles Schulz, Edward Gorey, the Crumb brothers, American Indian art, and children’s book authors.
Whyte lives in Marin County, California.